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Bodies of Paris Kosher Mart Victims Arrive in Israel.


El AL Flight 326, carrying the bodies of the four Jews murdered in a Paris kosher market brings Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada to rest in Israel.

ZAKA emergency responders arrived in Paris and prepared the other organizations ahead of the flight, which landed at 9 p.m. Monday in Tel Aviv. The state funeral will be held Tuesday at noon in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.

Magen David Adom ambulances arrived at Ben Gurion airport to collect the coffins. The funeral procession was accompanied by ambulances, jeeps, ER cruisers, motorcycles, and a mobile command center a all donated by French Jews.

President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog will take part in the ceremony, as will other ministers, members of Knesset, rabbis, and the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy SA[c]golA[umlaut]ne Royal.

The morning after the mass march in Paris, which according to estimates brought three million people together, members of the Jewish community in the French capital have started the difficult road to recovery. The Jewish institutions in the country, however, remain closed a including synagogues, kosher restaurants, and Jewish schools. Due to a police order, security guards have been stationed around the offices of the city's Jewish community.

One of those trying to return to his routine is the owner of the Hyper Cacher, Patrice Walid. "It was a massive miracle. I plan to sell the business and make aliyah to Israel. I cannot return to work. I am still in shock, I cannot digest that my employee and three other customers were murdered," said the owner to the friends at his bedside in a Paris hospital.

Walid was shot in his shoulder during the terror attack on his store and his condition, according to family members, has been improving steadily. "I had a miracle and I thank God," he said. "A few more centimeters and the bullet would have penetrated my heart. I want to sell the business and make aliyah to Israel."

His brother, Yoel, was also at kosher supermarket at the time of the shooting; he had already made aliyah to Israel and was in France for a life-altering vacation. "I have no complaints of the police, it operated professionally and did everything they had to do," said Yoel.

"They entered with determination, as you should during war. This war is not only in France, it is a war on terror. For us, the Jews in France, this is the beginning of 'balagan' (mess in Hebrew); we do not know what the future holds." Walid said he believed some ten thousands of French Jews will make aliyah this year. "When there are attacks, it is best for Jews to be in the State of Israel a there is no place like Israel."

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Date:Jan 13, 2015
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